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Downtown Classic Car Show

  • Event Details and Map

    The 15th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday July 8, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Stroll down memory lane during the 15th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show while enjoying the many shops and restaurants that Downtown St. Catharines has to offer. Over 400 fantastic classic and custom cars will be on display along St. Paul Street and other downtown streets, along with live entertainment and family friendly activities. Free admission, free registration. Keep up to date with Downtown Classic Car Show news on our Facebook page here.

    Some things to keep in mind while attending our Downtown Classic Car Show:

    Visitors can park for free at City-owned garages and parking lots downtown. We recommend the Ontario Street parking garage or the Garden Park/Carlisle Street parking garage.  For more information on parking, visit the City of St. Catharines’ website. Please be aware that street parking is not available on the streets closed for the car show, unless you are a classic car exhibitor.

    Walk, don’t ride, bikes and skateboards through the car show. Take care when getting close to the classic cars. Belts, buckles and purses can cause damage to the finish on these vintage vehicles.

    Street closures for the car show:  St. Paul Street from Ontario Street to James Street, then St. Paul Street from Carlisle Street to Court Street.  Also, William Street (from St. Paul to the entry of the parking garage), Queen Street (from St. Paul to King) and James Street (from St. Paul to King) close at 7 am and reopen at 5 pm.  The Downtown Classic Car Show is proudly presented by the St. Catharines Downtown Association (phone 905-685-8424, email

    Below is the updated map for 2017.  Google Map shows location of Information Tent.


    car show map updated


  • Info For Custom and Classic Car Exhibitors

    The 15th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place in Downtown St. Catharines on Saturday July 8, 2017.

    No registration, admission or parking fees. No advance registration.  Pre-1987 vehicles preferred.  Special giveaways on arrival for the first 300 cars, including a chance to win a prize in our door prize raffle.

    Please arrive between 7:00am and 9:00am for best parking placement within the show area.  Please do not arrive earlier than 7:00am to park your custom or classic vehicle, or YOU WILL RISK HAVING YOUR VEHICLE TOWED. Also, you will not receive a goodie bag if you arrive earlier than 7:00am and attempt to park yourself.  Our volunteers from the Niagara Corvette Club will assist exhibitors with parking and placement of their cars starting at 7:00am.  There are two points of entry:  St. Paul Street at Ontario Street / Westchester Cres., and (NEW THIS YEAR)St. Paul Street at Court Street.  We will have volunteers posted at each point of entry, handing out goodie bags to each exhibitor. You will NOT receive a goodie bag if you arrive earlier than 7:00am.

    If you would like to park near or with your friends, please all arrive together as it is extremely difficult to save spots.  Once parked, we encourage you to stay through the afternoon while the thousands of visitors enjoy strolling the downtown streets viewing the vintage and custom cars on display.


  • Breakfast & Other Dining

    Arriving early to park your custom or classic car?  Try one of our great downtown dining spots for breakfast on the morning of the car show.  There are even more choices for lunch or dinner, or a cool drink on a patio. Check out our full listing of dining establishments in Downtown St. Catharines here on our website:


    Serving breakfast on Saturday, July 8, 2017:

    The Carlisle Café, 259 St. Paul St.               open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Coffee Culture, 196 St. Paul St.                    open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Farmers' Market, 91 King St.                        open at 6:00 am                Vendors with breakfast foods

    Greek Garden, 459 St. Paul St.                    open at 7:30 am                Full hot breakfast

    Heggerty's Breakfast Grill, 67 St. Paul St.    open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Helen's Deli, 50 James Street                      open at 8:00 am                Baked goods, coffee

    Kully's, 223 St. Paul St.                                 open at 10:00 am              Full hot breakfast

    Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St.                      open at 8:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub, 101 St. Paul    open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Small Batch Co.  204 St. Paul St.                   open at 10:00 am        Fresh juices, sandwiches

    Subway                                                        open at 7:00 am                 Breakfast sandwiches

    Sunset Restaurant, 180 St. Paul St.             open at 7:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Tim Horton’s                                                  open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods


  • Kids' Zone

    Paint a Car                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bring your kids to the Downtown Classic Car Show and instill a love of cars in them at an early age.  The Kids' Zone will be located on St. Paul Street near the corner of Bond Street. This interactive children’s area will feature our very popular Paint-A-Car activity where kids will be able to paint a vehicle (graciously donated by Millers Auto Recyling), as well as face painting & bouncy fun from Niagara Inflatables. Scouts Canada St. Catharines Area will be bringing their Kub Kars.

  • Summer Sale Promotion

    Many of our Downtown St. Catharines retailers are holding SPECIAL SUMMER SALE PROMOTIONS in their stores on Saturday July 8, 2017 - Downtown Classic Car Show Day!  Check out a full list of downtown shops here


    Visit our Downtown Deals page to find out about special offers, sales and promotions at our Downtown businesses.



















  • Live Entertainment

    In addition to the hundreds of custom and classic cars on display, there is plenty of entertainment on the streets of Downtown St. Catharines.  We are excited to have Alex Kazam (performance artist - magician, juggler) returning again this year to amaze and astound the thousands of visitors downtown.  See Alex Kazam on St. Paul Street near James Street. 

    We also welcome back Chicks on Sticks, our lovely and energetic stilt walkers with their balloon art creations. Also, look for appearances by the Niagara Ice Dogs Cheerleaders.

    There will also be a variety of live music performances from Ryson's Music on St. Paul Street near Court Street. More live entertainment can be found at our entertainment pitches, including live music at 123 St. Paul Street and 301 St. Paul Street.


  • Sponsors

    The St. Catharines Downtown Association wishes to extend our thanks and appreciation to our Downtown Classic Car Show sponsors. We also kindly acknowledge the support of our downtown business members, the businesses providing entertainment and activities, our volunteers, the many visitors who come downtown to enjoy the car show, and our wonderful classic car owners who proudly show off their vehicles for the enjoyment of all.



    City of St. Catharines                             St Cath logo 2015


    Miller’s Auto Recycling, Fort Erie                   Millers resized



    ImPark / Wilson Blanchard                                          Wilson Blanchard resized

    Mostly Comics                                                  Mostly Comics 2016

    Ryson’s United Studios of Music                     Rysons logo 


    EZ Rock 105.7, 97.7 HTZ-FM, Newstalk 610 CKTB, TSN 1150   


    SurNet Insurance Group (Dale Cull) / Hagerty Collector Car Insurance


    Loud + Clear                                               Loud clear



  • Photo Gallery

    Please visit our Flickr account to view photos from the 2016 Downtown Classic Car Show.